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Title: Emerald Visions - Leviathan
Filename: K_emerld.s3m
Posted Wed 31st Mar 2021
Rated 10 / 10
The quintessential Leviathan song, and one of the songs he is best known for. Perfect flow and transitions, excellent percussion, and great use of the guitar samples. While the lead takes center stage, the backing guitar is what really makes the song. Never feels repetitive.

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Title: Jupiter
Filename: JUPITER.S3M
Posted Tue 16th Feb 2021
Rated 10 / 10
This is an absolute classic, and was a huge inspiration for me when I got interested in mod music. The intro is compelling and draws you right into the song. Never feels tiresome or repetitive. Transitions are great, and it has perfect bridge / tension building sections. If there was ever a "greatest hits" album of demoscene music, this would be on it.

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Title: Crystalline Tears
Filename: crys_klf.s3m
Posted Tue 9th Feb 2021
Rated 8 / 10
This was an early favorite of mine as I started to get into mod music. I'm not sure where I downloaded this initially - probably from the Microsoft Network (there was a section there for mod downloads). This would have been in 1996.

For some reason the piano theme really stuck with me when I first heard the theme. I think it reminded me of of piano-centric electronic music that I heard when I was living in Germany (which was only 4 years prior to me hearing this song). I do like the reverberating piano sample and how the airy pads contribute to the overall sound of this tune. This song is a great example of samples that all seem to go very well with each other.

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Title: Moonlight pt1
Filename: moonpt1.xm
Posted Sat 30th Jan 2021
Rated 6 / 10
Decent sound, interesting sample choices. Sounds kind of goth-metal. It doesn't really deviate from the main theme - it starts off with a high string note, for example, and to be honest if this string kept on holding the same note throughout the entire song it wouldn't really feel out of place. The synth bit in the middle fits in well. Overall reasonably well-crafted, sounds fine, but not much variety.

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Title: Armani Showers
Filename: armani_showers.s3m
Posted Wed 27th Jan 2021
Rated 7 / 10
This will be a familiar song to many trackers of a certain era: This was the song that came packaged with Scream Tracker 3.20.

This a fairly straightforward chiptune with a memorable hook. While it's not very technically complex, it is a fun, short listen.

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Title: "Spacegroove"-lev&mickrip
Filename: k_sgroov.it
Posted Mon 25th Jan 2021
Rated 10 / 10
I was shocked when I discovered that this classic by Leviathan and Mick Rippon was not on the Mod Archive. How can this website exist for over two decades without having Spacegroove on it? I decided to amend this by uploading it.

This one is a favorite of mine. Even though it's on the longer side, I always listen to it in its entirety when it starts playing. I love the flute work in the first half, and how cleanly it transitions between phases. Guaranteed to get your toes tapping.

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Title: ANTHEM 4 ARMAGEDDON
Filename: anthem_4_armageddon.mod
Posted Fri 22nd Jan 2021
Rated 4 / 10
The basic idea is fine and it's not a bad tune, though it is simplistic and there's not a whole lot of variety to keep the listener's interest.

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Title: G-R Dynamite Trance
Filename: da_g-rdt.xm
Posted Fri 22nd Jan 2021
Rated 5 / 10
Fairly straightforward dance/trance tune. Not much complexity to it - the melody is very simple and doesn't vary much. Weird key change toward the end.

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Title: a -tripp- into the
Filename: a_-tripp-_into_the.mod
Posted Thu 21st Jan 2021
Rated 3 / 10
A tripp into the what? Now I'll never know...

A short, psychedelic tune without a whole lot of melody, focusing primarily on the percussion and weird sound effects. Accelerates to a higher-tempo, heavier part, and then slows back down again.

I suppose it achieves what it sets out to do as well as it could, but it's not particularly enjoyable.

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Title: Keufon
Filename: keufon.it
Posted Wed 30th Mar 2005
Rated 6 / 10
This song seemed to be more of a practice song than anything else, a doodle that somebody idly created in his spare time. The melody has promise, but the song is so short, it never has the chance to go anywhere interesting. By expouding on some of the ideas presented in this song, it could have easily been four or five minutes long. As it is, there are issues. There are some very messy chords - particularly the one that happens at row 7 of pattern 1. It sounds terrible to the ear. That's the most blatant example, but there are other instances of sloppy chords throughout the song. Overall, I'd say that I was intrigued by this song's musical possibilities, but disappointed that it never went anywhere, and didn't really execute everything as well as it could have. I already mentioned sloppy chord construction. Chords do not sound good when you have two notes that are just a half step from each other. While this style of music can thrive on being unconventional, it didn't work in this case. I was very pleased with the quality of samples in this song. All of them were 16 bit, and sounded very good, with little to no clicking or looping issues audible within the context of the song. Volume levels were handled appropriately, everything sounded just about right. This song was better technically than it was musically.

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Title: Khan Tefrati V
Filename: khantefr.xm
Posted Wed 23rd Mar 2005
Rated 7 / 10
This was a very good song. The artist did a good job with the introduction, and was very effective in creating the mood. The song was over four minutes long, but there was enough variety in it that it never became tedious. I did have a few issues with it. The song didn't have a very strong melody, and so it never really left much of an impression on me. I also wasn't crazy about the very fast percussion instruments playing in the background throughout most of the song, the hat sample in particular didn't need to play as often as it did. Otherwise, good work. Very interesting sample set. The samples are used effectively, and I didn't notice any samples that were out of place or of poor quality. Patterns flow very nicely and are well constructed, and the volume levels and stereo panning are used to effect. The global volume of the song seems to be a bit too muted, I had to turn up my volume to hear this one properly.

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Title: Fantasia
Filename: kiss.it
Posted Fri 20th Aug 2004
Rated 6 / 10
From the start of the song, it sounded like a fairly good - if somewhat minimalistic - house tune. And then the tempo suddenly shifted and I was listening to a Rondo Veneziano song. And then it shifted back to whatever it was before. This song was obviously based around the long Veneziano sequences, and suffers as a result. A song is made out of its components, the components should not be made out of the song. The problem here is that the Veneziano samples seem to have been put into place, and the other samples simply "fill in the blanks." Good mods don't work that way, and plus, I had to take away points for originality. The sequences sound good, there's no question about that. However, the fact that this song is based on sequences of somebody else's music don't do the song any credit - there's no breathing room where the author can really stretch out his abilities. Some of the samples are duplicated for no apparent reason. The sequence samples are too large for their own good, and the versions of those samples with reverb seem superfluous. Such effects could have been achieved through other methods, without doubling the number of samples in the song. The samples themselves are of very high quality, without any noticeable distortions. The author needs to work on fleshing out the song to a more full extent.

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Title: Kiss in the storm
Filename: kiss.xm
Posted Fri 20th Aug 2004
Rated 4 / 10
This is a good example of a song that has good intentions, but goes about everything wrong. Something could have been done with the basic melody, but nothing actually was done. It didn't go anywhere. The lack of tracking prowess resulted in this song sounding hollow and empty. The interlude with just the piano playing was just screaming for more than one channel of dinky little piano notes to be there. The ending leaves much to be desired. It doesn't sound like very much time was spent on this song, it's just mediocre all around. I get the impression that there's some spark of life in this tune, but the author chose to dump water all over it instead of lighting the fire. The author committed a tremendous sin: The last sample in the set is a 16 bit sample with over 300,000 hz. That's a big sample. And do you know what? It's never, ever used in this song. I'm not kidding. The whole thing is over 660 kilobytes, which is over half the song's file size! Half of the file is completely wasted! And that, my friends, should tell you plenty about how well this song is tracked.

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Title: kislorod-Space war
Filename: kis-sw1.xm
Posted Fri 20th Aug 2004
Rated 5 / 10
This song had a nice introduction that was reminiscent of the music heard in Nintendo's classic Metroid. For a second I thought the whole song was going to be like this - the whole nine minutes. Well, I thought, that's a bit long, but maybe it'll be interesting. Unfortunately, I was wrong: the style changed into a noisy garbled concoction of hard-hitting industrial and bizarre ambience. And, of course, it's altogether too long. Cutting the length to under six minutes would have done this song a lot of good. The music itself starts to grate after too long - the excessive repetition of patterns did this one in. At times, there are some very interesting uses of effects and clever utilization of samples in multiple channels. This is to the song's credit, as it adds to the myseterious science fiction feel to this song. Some of the samples - like the piano - sounded out of tune, which hurt the song's overall sound. I did not like the guitar samples at all. The author could have improved the body of the music dramatically with better guitar samples.

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Title: kis Sonata
Filename: kis-son.xm
Posted Thu 19th Aug 2004
Rated 5 / 10
Weird. Interesting idea, but not extremely well executed. I like the frenetic pace of this song and the progression of the whole thing, but it suffers from being excessively noisy. Some authors can use overdriven noise to their advantage to create an interesting and inventive sound (check out Martian Lovesong by Necros for an example of this), but there's just too much noise and too much of it is repeated for this song to be appealing. The author also didn't finish the ending - it was obvious that this wasn't mean to loop, but the conclusion did not come. This song has the same problem that Devil's Night has, which is by the same author: too much of this song is based on repeating the same patterns over and over. This gets very tiresome and wears out the audience. I definitely will not be revisiting this song. It's got some inventive musical ideas, and a very unique sound to it, but the author just got overambitious with the song's length and resorted to repeating patterns over and over. Fix this in future songs and they can be improved.

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Title: Kis- devils night
Filename: 1kis-dev.xm
Posted Thu 19th Aug 2004
Rated 5 / 10
This was a so-so song. Could have been a lot better - the music has potential, but I think the author's tracking style holds this one back from being a good, solid tune. Some parts of this song just didn't make sense to me. For example, in pattern 7, what was with the pitch drop? Quite a non-sequitur. Plus, the author should have finished the end of the song - it sounded like it was about to conclude, but the end came and it looped back to the beginning (and it was not a seamless transition). Repeat after me: do not lose your audience. The biggest flaw of this song is that it is about twice as long as it should be. I don't mind long songs - I can listen to the eight minute "Flowers in the Abyss" repeatedly without getting bored - but this song is long not because it's got nine minutes worth of music in it, but because it has four and a half minutes of music and was played twice. Every pattern is repeated - the order list doesn't go 0-1-2-3, it goes 0-0-1-1-2-2-3-3. I listened to this cutting the number of times each pattern was used in half, and it sounded a lot better than the extra long version. The long version left me incredibly bored with this song. A shorter version might be worth listening to again. However, with this song as long and as boring as it is, I doubt I'll be revisiting it.

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Title: kipparikallejaville
Filename: kipkal.xm
Posted Thu 19th Aug 2004
Rated 5 / 10
Interesting little chip tune, vaguely reminiscent of the MC6 song "Biohazard," but with fewer channels. This chip song is bursting at the seams to be something a bit more, shall we say, advanced. As it is, the song isn't particularly memorable. It has an okay melody, but little beyond that. There are many directions the author could have taken this song in, but I guess the author chose to go with none of them. Needs work. Fairly typical sound for chip samples, although some of them are much larger than I would expect to find in a chip song. Four channels used, as expected, and it has a typical minimalist tracking style. Decent use of chords. It barely sounds like chip though - it almost sounds like a demo tune with fairly poor samples. The author should have either gone for high quality samples to make it sound like a demo song, or low quality chip samples to make it sound like chip. The song is really in the unsatisfying middle ground.

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Title: kims
Filename: kims.mod
Posted Tue 10th Aug 2004
Rated 5 / 10
This is a fairly generic chip tune. It has a fairly nice, listenable melody, and follows the typical conventions of the chip style. That's the chief problem I have with it - I like chip songs that do things that have never been done before. This one sounds like a retread of every other chip song in existence. That isn't to say it's a bad song, of course, but it certainly does not stand out in the crowd. Limited sample set, and the samples are all very short - in other words, a fairly typical chip sample set. The song itself is not terribly complex in its tracking style. Like many other chip songs, it uses an arpeggio effect to simulate the use of a chord sample. It works, but it's not very creative - which can be said of the whole song overall.

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Title: Kirppusirkus
Filename: kirppusirkus.it
Posted Tue 10th Aug 2004
Rated 6 / 10
Kirppusirkus is a good song, with a fairly nice melody, but a couple of issues I had with it brought the score down. Overall, this song is a pretty good listen. The tune seems very well constructed, and it all makes sense musically. It's not very long (only about 150 seconds), but what's there is interesting to listen to, to say the least. And it never bored me by becoming excessively repetetive, an acchiles heel in many mods. The technical front is where we start to see a few issues - particularly, I disagree with the use of the note cut on the organ. There is a volume envelope just waiting to be used - and it is used, but only with an NNA. When stopping the organ completely, the author used a note cut, which just sounds awkward. Also, at the end of the song, one of the samples is still playing, albeit faintly, and needs to be silenced. Otherwise, this song is very solid in the technical area. My original score for this song was 7.0, but the issues I mentioned brought it down a notch.

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Title: KIKAPOO
Filename: kikapoo.mod
Posted Mon 2nd Aug 2004
Rated 5 / 10
This is a short 4-channel mod, with a fairly strange style to it. It almost sounds like an Eastern European folk song, just done with electronic instruments. I can't say it's the best thing I've ever heard, as it's less than a minute long, and ultimately, it's forgettable. The melody is fine when it lasts, but there's nothing to this song. Sample quality is average. Simple musical construction to this song, limited use of effects. There's not really a whole lot that I can comment on. This song is overall pretty unremarkable in the technical way of things.

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Title: sisaso
Filename: kikapoo.xm
Posted Mon 2nd Aug 2004
Rated 5 / 10
I don't think anybody was screaming for a remix of "Kikapoo," but DJ Jole made not one, but two of them. This is the first I reviewed. The idea behind remixing a song is to make it better, or more interesting. If a song is already good, it shouldn't be remixed (like that dreadful Stardust Memories re-edit I've heard). Since the original Kikapoo ain't exactly a perfect song, I guess that would make it a candidate for remixing, but this version is neither better nor more interesting. It's essentially a carbon copy of the original with different samples. That's it! Why didn't the author use some creativity? It's just as boring and uninspired as the original! That's all I can really say about this. The patterns themselves have changed slightly - this has twice the channels as kikapoo.mod, but they're not put to very good use. The sound is just as effective in the original. The author took a very unsubtle approach to tracking this music out, very few effects or volume changes take place.

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Title: KIKAPOO
Filename: kikapos.xm
Posted Mon 2nd Aug 2004
Rated 5 / 10
What is the freaking point of this remix? This author's other remix of Kikapoo is almost exactly like this one. The patterns aren't even different, just a sample or two. At any rate, if you've heard the original Kikapoo, you've heard this one. I don't see why this author felt the need to remix it twice. Especially when virtually nothing is changed, and the song remains short and lifeless. Remixes are supposed to make a known song different, this one is practically the same exact thing as the original. I don't think that the lead sample that was used in this case was appropriate for the song. It didn't sound like it belonged as a lead - far too low. The rest of the song is pretty much a bunch of samples all playing at the same time - nothing really coordinated between them.

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Title: Klik Entertainment System
Filename: kes.it
Posted Fri 30th Jul 2004
Rated 7 / 10
I liked this song. It has a very listenable melody, and it's a very solid all-around track. One of the better chip songs that I've heard recently. It probably could have been longer, but this could very well be a tune made for an intro or other such thing. I particularly like what was done with patterns 5 and 6, as it added just enough variety to the song. It's not a masterpiece of epic proportions, but it's a fun little listen. Simple, but effective. Everything sounds pretty authentic to the chip style. The percussion was done as well as can be expected for this style of music. Effects are used sparingly, but they're used, and to the benefit of the song. Arpeggios sounded fine enough for the song. The author did a good job of using the first instrument, for both the "chords" and the lead. Good use of resources there.

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Title: kievarinkierukka
Filename: kievarin.s3m
Posted Fri 30th Jul 2004
Rated 7 / 10
This is a very short clavinet piece of music, using a mere two samples (the clavinet and a wood block). It was written in May 1996, coincidentally, about the time I started tracking. I liked the tune on this one, regardless of how short it is. It's very a very well written piece of music, and pleasant to listen to. The music has just enough complexity to keep this song interesting throughout its short musical life cycle. This song won't blow you away, but it's worth giving a shot. The author clearly knows what he's doing. The panning is very simplistic - this is, after all, an s3m - but it's not really a distraction. Effects are well used when they're used, and volume levels seem appropriate. This is one of the few songs where the lack of a wide array of samples doesn't hurt the song, I think the simplicity of its style really helps the sound overall.

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Title: kasakkalaulu
Filename: kasakka.mod
Posted Wed 28th Jul 2004
Rated 4 / 10
It's very short, even for chip. I'm guessing this was made for an intro, or as accompanying music to some kind of software - it's not something for general listening. I enjoy a good chip song, but where's the beef? There's nothing to this one. For what it's worth, the lead is listenable, and if you don't like the tune, it's a mere 24 seconds before it ends. Sometimes I tire of the use of arpeggios in chip music, but I suppose that's the only way to get chords sometimes. Average, at best. The author doesn't seem to know how to handle percussion with Chip music. The samples were poor selections to handle the percussion, and the percussion itself sounded about a few halftones higher than it needed to be. Also, in the introduction, it switched from the right speaker to the left speaker between patterns, never a good idea. It was rather jarring. The author does demonstrate good knowledge of getting the leads to sound right, however. This makes me a bit torn as to how I rate this song, as the percussion is bad, but the leads are decent. I'd say it's a bit mediocre technically.

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Title: fat cat :)
Filename: kathy.xm
Posted Wed 28th Jul 2004
Rated 1 / 10
Sometimes, I get tired of reviewing the seemingly endless number of chip songs that inhabit the "K" directory, and so I download a song that has a large file size so I can get a breath of fresh air with another style. But sometimes I download something like "Fat Cat" which makes me want to go back to the chip music. This song is worthless. It's a mixture of loud percussion samples and vocals and annoying synth effects. With vocals that say things like "biggus tittus maximus," you know that this can't be a particularly classy song, either. I can't really elaborate further on this song. Don't download it if you know what's good for you. There's no music in this song. To take a look at it technically, I'll start by talking about the samples. The vocal samples are a poor substitute for what should be something I can listen to. Particularly the extra long sample #2, which sounds terrible, and doesn't really add anything to the song aside from file size. This song seems to focus on just using volume to make its point, instead of carefully tracking out its melody. It's no better technically than it is musically, and that should say a lot.

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Title: kaukasus_karosseri
Filename: kaukasus.mod
Posted Wed 28th Jul 2004
Rated 7 / 10
Now this is the kind of chip music that I enjoy. Nice, simple and to the point, without any excessive noise, a good melody, and professionally done. Kaukasus Karosseri is a 1 minute chip tune done for an intro. I don't know how old it is, but regardless of its age, it's a listenable piece. It has a pretty good "Mega Man" vibe going for it. I like that it used real chords instead of arpeggios, which is something I've grown a little tired of in chip music. This isn't an earth shattering song, but it's a good listen, and probably worth the download. The author did some good work with the percussion for this song. It sounds nice and clean in spite of the samples, which are of typical chip quality. The author also did a nice job with the effects, they really added a level of interest to this song that otherwise would have been absent. The lead was particularly well tracked. There's even an echo effect in there, and all done in the same channel to boot. Pretty good work for a worthwhile song.

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Title: karjala.xm
Filename: karjala.xm
Posted Tue 27th Jul 2004
Rated 4 / 10
This short chip tune has a pretty decent melody, but a pretty big flaw. The flaw is that there's just too much noise going on in this song. Once you hit play, the music just blares out at you, and it's not very pleasant to the ear. The composer obviously knows what he's doing with the melody, and made a very listenable tune - you might even call it catchy. Alas, the pros of this song aren't quite able to overcome the cons, and as such I can't rate this one as highly as I would have liked. As I mentioned before, this song is excessively loud, and the blame for that rests squarely on the choice of samples. Better sample selection can be made without sacrificing the style of this song - I've heard plenty of chip songs that don't grate at the ear because they use softer samples. The use of effects worked pretty well for this song, and did increase the sound that came out of this. I would have rated this song more highly had the volume been under control.

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Title: Kampen av Voloter
Filename: kampenav.it
Posted Tue 20th Jul 2004
Rated 7 / 10
I will say this much, this song is an interesting contrast. The melody is fairly simple, but engaging. The song suffers a bit from being longer than it should be, I think between four and five minutes would have worked better for this song than a full six minutes. The orchestral sound turned out very well, I really like what the author did a good job with the horn instruments. Pretty good chords from the choir instruments. In ModPlug player, I noticed that a lot of the instruments would cut off instead of having a new note action. I don't know if this was intentional or not, but it was jarring. Most of this song uses way too many virtual channels, well over 100 in Modplug Tracker: this is far too many, and causes problems with the sound output. Please don't go overboard with the channels in the future. The choir samples did not sound in tune with each other, some fine tuning would have improved this. Sample quality was very good overall.

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Title: Nunnaluostarin wc-pönttö..
Filename: kansi.it
Posted Tue 20th Jul 2004
Rated 7 / 10
Now this is new: a song, claiming to be metal, that actually sounds like metal. I particularly like what was done with the percussion. Just about everything with regards to the sound itself was pretty true-to-life. I can't say I'm a huge fan of the music itself, however. It's a well made song, and it's interesting enough, but I don't see myself listening to it very often. It's just that the musical style for this song doesn't really excite me. I must compliment the author's technical skills here. This song genuinely sounds like metal. And good grief, that's a lot of guitar samples. Half of the guitar samples could have been eliminated and the other half have their default panning set for the center and it would have made little difference to the song. The samples are all of high quality, they all sounded very clear, and were implemented well in the song.

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Title: karine.xm
Filename: karine.xm
Posted Tue 20th Jul 2004
Rated 7 / 10
This song has a good sound to it. One of the few songs you'll hear that has no percussion. The song doesn't go to too many places, but the places it does go are at least interesting - it's a very short song, at any rate, and doesn't get tedious. I'm not too crazy about forgoing endings in favor of looping back to an earlier point, which this song does, but it's not too bad. Fairly nice chord progression. If there were any stereo effects, I didn't notice them. Could have added some depth to the song. The loop on the guitar sample doesn't sound so good (now I know why very few guitar notes in this song lingered for too long). Considering that only three samples were used, the author was able to make pretty good use of them and develop a reasonably interesting ballad. Nothing I'm going to write home about, but pretty good work.

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Title: Kalling for deaTh
Filename: kallingfordeath.xm
Posted Tue 13th Jul 2004
Rated 5 / 10
How can I resist a cool alternate spelling of the word "calling?" This song nearly put me to sleep. It's a fairly mellow trance tune that has an okay sound about it, but never goes anywhere. It was just plain uninteresting. The big reason for this was because of the generic techno theme that plays throughout the song, never bothering to change or go to new, interesting places. I probably could add a bass guitar that only plays a D-5 throughout the whole song and it would sound in place. It didn't make my ears bleed, but this song sure bored me. The cymbal loop probably wasn't necessary - that could easily have been tracked out with individual samples. I also have a quibble with sample 1: the sample features a ping-pong loop, but in the song's introduction, the loop hits before a new note plays. This sounds very awkward. The panning on sample 11 hurt my ears, don't see what the point of it was. I did like the panning on the female choir sample, that seemed appropriate. The methods used to write this song seem too conservative - like the author is afraid to take the song in a different direction.

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Title: Me ollaan kuninkaita
Filename: kala.xm
Posted Tue 13th Jul 2004
Rated 1 / 10
You know, now that I've finished reviewing Kaizsu's songs, I thought I'd be rid of that guitar sample. No such luck, this author - whoever it is - decided to use it too. Anyway, how's the song? It's of little to no worth. The author just crams way too much noise into this thing, and it ends up sounding like loud metallic mush. The song also didn't have a real conclusion, but that's actually to its advantage: any further seconds of listening to this song would have driven me insane. I'll give this song one thing: it had some interesting time signatures. And that's all I'm going to give it. Beyond that, this song is annoying, loud, and pretty far removed from anything I'd consider good music. There are many dissonant chords and other kinds of irritating noises in this. Dissonance has its place, but only when done right. Here, it isn't. It's pretty clear to me that this is somebody's first attempt at writing a mod - or among somebody's first attempts at writing a mod. And, like most first attempts, it never should have found its way to the Internet in the first place.

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Title: kakofonia
Filename: kakofoni.mod
Posted Tue 13th Jul 2004
Rated 4 / 10
In the author's comments, he said that it's one of the worst tunes he's ever made. I'm not sure if I've heard anything else by Heatbeat, so I can't verify that. The tune itself certainly isn't a great tune, but it didn't sound as bad as the author claimed. What I will say is that it doesn't sound like a particularly inspired tune - the melody wasn't very interesting. I enjoy a good chip tune as much as the next guy. However, this one just didn't have enough to really make it enjoyable. It's pretty minimalist, even for chip, and very short. It's not utter crap, but it's probably not worth the time it takes to download and listen. Fairly small sample set. The author exhibits some knowledge of this style of music, using the percussion to as good effect as possible. The author also uses arpeggios to "simulate" a chord, which is a fairly typical convention of chip music. The song didn't has as "full" a sound as other chip tunes I've heard, it was too constrained for its own good.

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Title: Kaki XXX
Filename: kaki_fly.it
Posted Sat 10th Jul 2004
Rated 5 / 10
This is a 4 minute dance/house tune written in 1998 by a first-time tracker. I was surprised that this is this tracker's first song - it's better than most other trackers' first songs that I've heard. The song itself is a bit on the boring side, however. It plays the "Grease"-style theme that I've heard in so many mods - specifically, a progression of the bass going F5-D5-A#4-C5. Plus, it stays on the same exact theme with no variation throughout the song. The overall sound to this doesn't have a whole lot of meat on it - there's just not much to this song. It's pretty good for a first shot at tracking, but on its musical merit, it's nothing to get excited about. The fact that there's such a small sample set limits the kind of sound that this song can get. These all sound like basic house samples. There was one sample that was taken from Leviathan's "Wanderlust," and while I don't condemn sample ripping, it had data after the loop back point - it's easy enough to clip this in Impule Tracker, and it should have been done here. Stereo panning is used, but I would recommend not panning only on the extreme left or extreme right.

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Title: Juli...
Filename: kaizsu_-_yli_da_bitch.xm
Posted Sat 10th Jul 2004
Rated 1 / 10
I'll be frank: I hated this song. There's a guitar theme that plays four different notes, and that's it. It repeats throughout the entire song. But that's not the problem: the problem is that awful, awful vocal sample that's included in here. The only thing it added to the song was severe annoyance. And, as if to add injury to insult, the very last thing you hear before the song ends is the vocal sample played TWICE AS LOUD. It's like the author is punishing his audience for listening to the whole 77 seconds of this tune. I normally listen to songs twice when I review them - this one I can only stand to hear once. For the love of Hod, don't ever put another vocal sample like that in another song. It's too loud to sound right on any soundcard. Perhaps holding the microphone away further would improve the sound, but really, not putting that in the song at all would make this song much better (read: listenable). Still little variety in the other samples - the guitar is different from the one Kaizsu usually uses, but the percussion isn't. Overly simplistic - the theme is just too simple, probably intentionally: Apparently, the vocal sample is supposed to be the sample that drives this song. And drive the song it does - into a brick wall.

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Title: Kestohymy
Filename: kaizsu_-_kestohymy.xm
Posted Fri 9th Jul 2004
Rated 2 / 10
This song changes themes completely twice - while I strongly encourage variation, changing themes completely is something that I don't encourage. As such, instead of one mediocre rock song, this has three mediocre rock songs all stuck together. The music is all very underwhelming, nothing really stood out to me or sounded interesting in the least. Good rock music should be able to catch your attention and sound somewhat fresh, but this doesn't. What's with the portamento on the guitar when it gets fast? Playing that sample at that speed with that effect really hurt the overall sound. As usual, this is the same exact sample set that you'll find in every Kaizsu song. For crying out loud, there are archives online where new instruments can be downloaded, use them! Also, nobody can hit the bass drum that fast. Please track the percussion realistically if you're trying to achieve a rock sound - and if you're not going for realism, then go for something that sounds good.

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Title: Misanthrophy
Filename: kaizsu_-_misanthrophy.xm
Posted Fri 9th Jul 2004
Rated 1 / 10
It's like the author was trying to cause me a headache. This song goes full blast, and then pauses, offering my ears a bit of respite...and then it suddenly picks up again at full blast. It sounded like the author was reveling in making noise. The lead was just out of control, perhaps intentionally - but, regardless of the intention, it just doesn't sound good. This song is not kind to those wearing headphones, like I was. Suffice to say, this song didn't really convert me to liking death metal. Once again...nobody can beat the bass drum that fast. The pauses in the music were very awkward sounding - they lasted too long before the music picked up again. Same set of instruments as always, I see. Instead of doubling up the vocal sample (or quadrupling it, in this case), it would have been better to just increase the volume of the sample itself. Stereo panning could have improved the sound.

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Title: Pässi ON TYHMÄ !!!!!
Filename: kaizsu_-_passi_on_tyhma.xm
Posted Fri 9th Jul 2004
Rated 1 / 10
What a weird way of beginning a song. The vocal samples just freaked me out throughout the song, but not in the good way. The vocals also did not make up for the lack of a decent melody - the main theme consists of a mere three tones, repeated over and over and over. It takes a lot more than that to make an interesting song. Axing the vocals would not break my heart - focusing on improving the overall melody and getting better sound out of this would be time far better spent. Audio quality on the vocal samples is terrible. Sometimes people intentionally distort vocal samples to get a unique kind of sound to them, but they usually don't sound like somebody was speaking too loudly into the microphone. The other samples are...DARE I SAY IT...the exact same ones that Kaizsu uses in every other song! Who woulda thunk it, huh? Also, no noticeable efforts went into stereo panning. Pretty loud, and the tracking style is very simplistic.

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Title: Pässi Smokes
Filename: kaizsu_-_passi_smokes.xm
Posted Fri 9th Jul 2004
Rated 3 / 10
Kaizsu managed to surprise me this time - this song has a different sound from the majority of his works. I swear, I've heard this theme somewhere before. No matter. This has a decent sound to it, but it suffers from the problem of being way too loud (more on that in the technical section). The crowd noise added to the "concert" sound, but it didn't add much. The main theme itself sounds exactly like another song I've heard, so I can't really give any points for originality, but I give it an "E" for effort. The volume gets to be way too much throughout the song - especially towards the end. The volume levels sounded like they were out of control. I really appreciate that the author decided to go with some different samples this time around. The guitar sounds like it comes from "He Has No Face" by Skaven, though that's not necessarily the case. Crowd noise trailed off at the end, with no note cut: bad form. If you're going to end the song, end the whole song. Overall, I'd say the volume problems dragged it down, fixing it could have improved the song dramatically.

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